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Industry Folks Name iPhone The Most Influential Gaming Device

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A poll of 1000 employees who will be attending the London Video Games Conference has named the iPhone far and away the most important and influential gaming device. What's not clear is whether this means the most influential device "right now" or "ever," which becomes pretty clear when you look at the overall poll results.

According to the poll:

Top five people to have shaped video games (First figures are percentage of overall vote; second are percentage of top five votes)

· Steve Jobs 26% 46%
· Gabe Newell (co-founder and managing director of Valve) 16% 29%
· Shigeru Miyamoto (developer of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda) 7% 12%
· Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web) 4% 8%
· Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) 3% 5%

Top five products to have shaped video games

· Apple's iPhone 17% 53%
· Nintendo Wii console 7% 22%
· Xbox Live 3% 9%
· The original PlayStation console 3% 9%
· Steam (digital distribution) 2% 7%

While this reporter would normally not post about "Top X" polls, this one is interesting for a few reasons: First, the top products are represtented (with Steam being the exception) in order of recency, suggesting that many were thinking about what is most influential "right now" (iPhone, Wii) as opposed to "ever" (the PlayStation...or, Atari, the NES, the control pad, the arcade machine, etc.), or that this represents a shining example of people using the availability heuristic. Further discussion of this point would turn into me editorializing - which is exactly what I don't like about "Top X" polls - so I'll stop there.

What is most interesting about this poll is that it lays bare the tremendous mindshare that Apple has in the video game industry right now. Steve Jobs beats out Gabe Newell and Shigeru Miyamoto, and the iPhone beats out the Wii, the PlayStation, XBL, and Steam. In full statistics-nerd disclosure I should add the caveats that this is UK data only, and that the Conference's press release does not disclose the text of the questions posed to its attendees (which might address the "right now" or "ever" point made above). But it's one more piece of evidence demonstrating how important Apple has become to an industry it wasn't a part of just a few short years ago.

7 Comments

Lance said:

I chuckled.

M.B. said:

Here's what their top 5 list of most influential iPhone games would look like:

Angry Birds
Angry Birds
Angry Birds
Angry Birds
Angry Birds

Mittens said:

I hear this a lot...from people who don't play games.

Devil said:

This is so silly.

tropicofanatic said:

What a bunch of morons. It's like voting for Michael Jordan for the best baseball player of all time. One of the reasons I don't own an Apple computer is because the gaming on their crappy non-customizable computers is a joke.

My list:

Top Five People
1. Nolan Bushnell
2. Shigeru Miyamoto
3. Wil Wright
4. Trip Hawkins
5. Sid Meier

Top Five Products
1. Atari 2600
2. Nintendo Entertainment System
3. Personal Computer
4. Sony Playstation
5. The D Pad

Dexter said:

Good to see Shigeru Miyamoto get to nod he rightly deserves. There's no need to bash on Apple though. Traditional gaming on the iPhone is limited by the lack of physical controls but the system works incredibly well for some games (Carcassonne). What Apple have done is made game purchases, updates and connectivity a completely seamless experience.

I'm very happy to pay a (fair) premium price for pTremium software, regardless of the platform which is why I look forward to skyward sword. I was worried about the 3DS but now it looks like they will have a solid software lineup by Christmas.

Steam is ok but it's just a lazier version of what Apple has done. The interface is "meh" and they havn't truly taken the opportunity to leverage their platform to dismantle antiquated industry relics like regional pricing.

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